January 2020 PerformancePost #1
Welcome to the first ÄLG PerformancePost blog - a new monthly feature for 2020. Expect to hear about new products, offers, updates and announcements right here.
But first, a thank you from myself, Chris, and my lovely assistant Laura for the amazing support shown by customers so far - we're super excited about the year ahead and can't wait to share what's in store. ÄLG Performance will be hosting events this year including meets at car shows, dyno day's and also a tour of Scotland's NC500 - stay tuned!
Volvo C30 Pre-Facelift Grilles
At the moment we are awaiting a lot of orders to complete manufacturing - mainly the Volvo C30 Pre-Facelift Grilles. We had an issue with the previous batch where the grilles were mis-shapen. We took this opportunity to have brand new moulds made which pushed us into the Xmas/New Year period where very little seems to get done. We hoped to delivery before the end of January, but with Chinese New Year (7-day public holiday) closing down most of the supply chain, the new ETA is February 2020.
Volvo V40 Grilles
All Volvo V40 Grilles have completed manufacture, and are being packaged for export from the factory. Once the delivery agent returns from the public holiday, we will have these shipped to us for inspection before being dispatched to customers. ETA end of February 2020.
P1 Carbon Bonnets
The latest batch of Volvo C30/S40/V50 Carbon Bonnets are also complete and will be shipped in the same container load as the V40 Grilles. To speed up the dispatch process at our end, we are now buying in ISPM15 (Heat Treated Wood suitable for export) crates. We were initially building each wooden crate by hand for each bonnet but it was really slowing down the process. Our crate supplier has their own kiln and the crates are fantastic quality.
S40/V50 Halo Kits
Products in stock are being re-kitted as we have become aware of an issue with Xenon equipped cars. Simply put, the halo pushes the diffuser ring out and needs spacers on the projector housing screws. We are going to provide the correct washers in all kits going forward. If you have this problem, please contact us and we can send out the washers you need free of charge.
Volvo C30 STCC-Style Arches
We have successfully 3D Printed prototypes that fit great. We adjusted the initial model to better fit the car and have sent these new prints with some OEM wheel arches to a UK composites specialist. We're expecting to receive the first composite prototypes late Feb. Once fitment is confirmed, the full batch will be manufactured due for dispatch March 2020. Thank you to all customers patience with us here, this has been a LOT of work so far, but the result will be amazing.
AWD Fuel Pirate
The circuit we developed last year to trick AWD Converted P1's to use both fuel level sensors has been prototyped and soldered up. The final few steps are to program the chip via ICSP, 3D Print a case & test out. One of our stateside friend's prepped and ready to be the guinea pig. If successful, it will fix the inaccurate fuel gauge problem that all AWD swapped P1's have. Price point will be very reasonable, and aims to be plug-and-play using factory connectors.
ÄLG Performance Lowering Springs
These springs for the P1 platform have been a big success - customers love the look & ride quality which we are able to offer at a fantastic price thanks to our bulk order. These are available as a bundle with Driveshaft Spacers and Shortened Droplinks too - save money when you order all three.
ÄLG Performance Sun Strips
Brand new product for 2020 - available now! Made using high quality automotive vinyl, we're excited to offer these sun-strips in stylish black gloss on satin black for that stealth look. Other designs available later in the year.
Rebel Steering Wheel
From now until the end of February, we have a custom steering wheel promotion being offered. We have negotiated a bulk buy discount for a Polestar-style steering wheel with Carbon trim and Rebel Blue badge & stripe - for only £399. You can choose from Leather, Alcantara or Perforated Leather grips too.
ÄLG Performance will buy a suitable donor wheel for you as part of the offer, so all you need to do is email a photo of your current steering wheel so that we can get one with the right buttons etc.
This offer is available to a limited number of customers, so be quick!
We have a new supplier on-board this year - Airtec aka AutoSpecialists. Airtec are a well known UK brand with some unique products that would be a fantastic addition to our selection.
Also, we teamed up with FulfilmentCrowd to streamline storage, handling & dispatch of products. FulfilmentCrowd have a warehouse local to us that we have products stored in. If an order is placed of a product we store there, it is automatically picked up by their computer system, packed and dispatched the same day (weekday orders before 3pm). Many UK orders are therefore available with Next Day or 2-Day delivery, fully tracked and insured. Currently, they stock our C30 Halo Kits, S40/V50 Halo Kits, Driveshaft Spacers and ÄLG Performance Lowering Springs.
Calendar for ÄLG Performance attended events this year so far looks like this:
- May TBA - Scotland NC500 Tour
- May 29th-31st - Modified Nationals @ Peterborough
- Tickets Club Car/Show Car & join "C30 Crew UK"
- June 28th - Volvo600: Back to Bruntingthorpe
- FREE ENTRY - Arrive early to avoid being turned away
- July 19th - Trax @ Donington
- August 7th-9th - Ultimate Show Car @ Santa Pod (Camping)
- August TBA - ÄLG Performance Dyno Day @ DynoDaze Nuneaton
- October 4th - Trax @ Silverstone (Camping 3rd-4th)
This year ÄLG Performance will begin producing video content for YouTube, including product installation guides, product test comparisons and performance tips. We will be working with local talent to record and professionally edit these videos, look forward to an announcement soon.